The Spartans FC v East Stirlingshire



Date Time League Season
11th May 2019 15:00 Lowland League Cup 2018-19


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
The Spartans FC101Loss
East Stirlingshire022Win


Match Report

East Stirlingshire will lay on free buses for fans to this weekend’s Lowland League Cup Final after Derek Ure’s men completed yet another dramatic turnaround against Spartans at Ainslie Park on Saturday.

Two successive comebacks against Civil Service Strollers and Cumbernauld Colts have kept Shire’s League Cup aspirations alive. However, facing a Spartans side looking to redeem their own shortcomings posed a tricky proposition for Derek Ure’s side. But they came back to secure a 2-1 win thanks to Steven Brisbane’s winner and set up Sunday’s silverware showdown with BSC Glasgow.

Shire have struggled to find their feet early in games for most of the season and unfortunately for Derek Ure, that was on full display yet again. Stand in Spartans’ skipper Adam Corbett rose highest to thunder an unstoppable header into the roof of the net to quickly dampen Shire’s feel good factor.

Shire, while visibly disappointed by yet another slow start, could take heart in the fact that they had fallen behind in their two previous matches only to turn it around in the second half. However, any sense of a comeback looked remote with Spartans well on top in the first half.

Blair Atkinson, having looked in menacing form from the off, should have put daylight between the two sides when he found himself one on one with Jamie Barclay, but the reliable stopper came out on top to deny the Spartans front man a fifth goal in three games against Shire.

At the start of the second half brought on midfielder Simon White for Graeme MacGregor in a bid to turn round the Tie. The difference in Shire was clear as they probed for an equaliser that had looked unlikely in the first half. They very nearly had it when Liam Allison’s cross found Andy Grant, but the Shire defender couldn’t direct his effort on target.

Allison was involved again shortly after when he headed on a Paul McCafferty’s corner from the right which was met by Connor Greene, at the far post, who rose to powerfully to head home the equaliser.

Having survived an attacking onslaught from the hosts in the first half, Shire looked to sustain their own period attacking pressure with Andy Rodgers denied what looked to be a certain decider by Blair Carswell in the Spartan’s goal.

With Shire in the ascendancy Greene won possession in his own half and sent a short pass to Simon White who in turn found Rodgers on the right flank. Rodgers then skipped past a lunging Corbett and send in a low cross which found McCafferty unmarked in the 6 yard box. However, his resulting 1st time shot smashed off the bar but to Shire’s delight Steven Brisbane reacted quickest to prod in the rebound ahead of a sluggish Spartans defence to make Shire’s second half pressure count.

Buses will leave from Grahamston Station car park at 11.30am on Sunday for the 2pm kick off. To book at place contact Sandy Nimmo on 07803 708119.


Match Details: Drummond Calder

East Stirlingshire: 1. Jamie Barclay (Captain) 2. Connor Greene (RB) 3. Liam Allison (LB) 4. Andy Grant (RCD) 5. Chris McKee (LCD) 6. Graeme MacGregor (CM) 7. Andy Rodgers (CF) 8. Jaime Gallagher (RM) 9. Steven Brisbane (LM) 10. Paul McCafferty (LF) 11. David McCaughie (RF) Subs 12. Simon White (LCM) (came on for Graeme MacGregor in 46 mins – start of 2nd half) 14. Steven Smith (LCM) (came on for 8. Jaime Gallagher in 76 mins 51 secs) 15. Fraser Neave (not used) 16. Danny McFadden (not used) 17. Iain Ure (gk) (not used) 18. Adam Murray (not used) 19. Derek Ure (not used)

The Spartans: 1. Blair Carswell 2. Alan Brown (LM) 3. Gary Cennerazzo  (RB) 4. Blair Tolmie (LCD) 5. Adam Corbett (Captain) (RCD) 6. David Greenhill (LCM) 7. Blair Atkinson (LF) 8. Ian McFarland (RCM) 9. Scott Maxwell (LB) 10. Jamie Dishington (RM) 11. Jack Smith (RF) Subs 12. Nicky Reid (RF) (came on for 8. Ian McFarland in 79 mins 58 secs) 14. Josh Wishart (not used) 15. Jason Stevens (RF) (came on for 11. Jack Smith in 65 mins 57 secs) 16. Cameron Dawson (not used) 19. Chris Peden (gk) (not used)

Ht 0-1 Ft 2-1

East Stirlingshire Scorers – 1) Connor Greene (57 mins 12 secs) 2) Steven Brisbane (68 mins 58 secs)

East Stirlingshire Assists – 1) Liam Allison 2) Paul McCafferty

The Spartans Scorer – 1) Adam Corbett (5 mins 39 secs)

The Spartans Assist – 1) David Greenhill

Crowd: c.220

Referee: Stephen Brown

Assistant Referees: Ralph Gordon, Greig Haynes


The Spartans FC

The Spartans FC

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Blair CarswellGoalkeeper0000
2Alan BrownMidfielder0000
3Gary CennerazzoDefender0000
4Blair TolmieDefender0000
5Adam CorbettDefender1000
6David GreenhillMidfielder0100
7Blair AtkinsonForward0000
8Ian McFarland 12Midfielder0000
9Scott MaxwellDefender0000
10Jamie DishingtonMidfielder0000
11Jack Smith 15Forward0000
12Nicky Reid 8Forward0000
15Jason Stevens 11Midfielder0000

East Stirlingshire

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Jamie BarclayGoalkeeper0000
2Connor GreeneDefender1000
3Liam AllisonDefender0100
4Andy GrantDefender0000
5Chris McKeeDefender0000
6Graeme MacGregor 12Midfielder0000
7Andy RodgersForward0000
8Jaime Gallagher 14Midfielder0000
9Steven BrisbaneMidfielder1000
10Paul McCaffertyForward0100
11David McCaughieMidfielder, Forward0000
12Simon White 6Midfielder0000
14Steven Smith 8Midfielder0000
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